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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 19, 2014 8:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

"There was never a remote chance that Grace would sing with the GD, and I doubt it was ever even considered."

Why do you say that?

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 19, 2014 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

OK, maybe it was briefly considered...
Spencer Dryden said in a '68 interview: "We'd like to mix it up a little bit: you know, let's play some of the Dead's material; let's have the Dead play some of ours; let's have Grace sing with them; let's have Pigpen sing with us. Let's have some fun! It doesn't have to be that rigid format."
Kantner had a similar idea, too.

But it never happened. There are numerous examples of Garcia jamming with the Airplane; several times where Jorma & Jack jammed with the Dead; but for all the times the groups played together, the only time Grace was ever known to sing with the Dead was one time in '72 when she was drunk. That has to say something...

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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 19, 2014 12:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

Yes, it says something, but that something is wide ranging in its possibilities.
Other possibilities include... she was a punk who wouldn't perform unless getting paid direclty (other than once when really drunk), she had "better things to do".

I'll agree it probably means that she wasn't seriously considered, but again I think that is more a function of timing than anything.

When the GD were smack in the middle of looking for better vocals, and a high pitch for the harmonies, she was smack in the middle of JA fame.

I think their collaborations would have made her a very strong contender, had the timing been right.

Instead we rolled snake eyes and got Donna.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 19, 2014 3:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

I doubt whether Grace Slick was ever seriously considered as a GD vocalist. Her vocal range tended toward the lower end of the female spectrum, especially after her throat surgery in 1969, which made her a very bad candidate for a band in need of high harmony. Plus, she was already a famous lead vocalist who was probably not looking for a gig as a back-up singer.

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Poster: Pat Buzby Date: Feb 20, 2014 7:20am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

"When the GD were smack in the middle of looking for better vocals, and a high pitch for the harmonies, she was smack in the middle of JA fame.

I think their collaborations would have made her a very strong contender, had the timing been right.

Instead we rolled snake eyes and got Donna."

They had an interest in keyboards and got Keith, and Donna came with him. I don't know if they were actively looking for more vocalists at that point.

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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 20, 2014 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Garcia in the Background

I was referring to how they took singing lessons, as I seem to recall, for the Workingman's Dead album, which would have been before the keys vacancy.

They very well may not have even wanted another vocalist though, as you suggest.